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There are  over 200 numbers in the book spanning the entire gamut of big band repertoire from Benny Carter to Benny Goodman to Bob Mintzer and Wayne Shorter. 


A big band marches on its book - the Goodman bands owed a good deal of their success to a well-maintained library.

We got our first three charts courtesy of the Rubin Academy of Music in Jerusalem. Incredibly  that's all we found. There were rumors that the head of the Jazz department there keeps all the charts in his office... Whatever.  We started with Dat Dere (written by Bobby Timmons and arranged by Sammy Nestico), Don't Get Around Much Anymore (Duke Ellington) and Emancipation Blues (a shuffle written and arranged by Oliver Nelson).

The book is maintained by a volunteer, part-time librarian - Ofra, who runs the rare book collection at the Israel National Library. Kudos to Ofra for yeoman duty.

Once a year or two we do a special project of Israeli music arranged for large jazz ensemble - we now have over 60 numbers - from Moshe Vilenski, the High Windows and Yoni Rechter.

Fall 2012 - the ensemble will be doing a night of Brazilian music made popular in Israel by Matti Caspi - ארץ טרופית יפה

Stay tuned!